Change is something I’ve been learning a lot about lately. Change: some people are afraid of it, but I welcome it. I especially welcome it in my own life. Thankfully, God has been changing me. When I look at who I was just a few short ears ago, I cringe. Ack! Who was that religious, self-righteous arrogant creature? Oh, it was me…Sometimes I wish I could go back and write “I’m sorry notes” to all of the people who had to listen to me. Then again, perhaps they would feel like doing the same. 😉
The point is: He is continually changing us. That’s why it really does us no good to hold offenses against one another. Life is not a Marvel comic. Villains don’t stay villains forever. They change, they grow, they mature. If we can accept that about ourselves, then why can’t we accept it in others?
For example, David’s brothers changed. The older ones that were passed over when Samuel came to visit were probably still a bit stung when little David came to the front with crusty bread and cheese. They told him to go home where he belonged and mocked his flock.
Later, we see those same brothers joined David’s cause.
1 Samuel 22:1 So David got away and escaped to the Cave of Adullam. When his brothers and others associated with his family heard where he was, they came down and joined him.
There is no mention of them in the meantime. We didn’t get to see how their character grew. We only see that they joined their little brother (who was considered the runt of the family) and took orders from him.
David didn’t hold grudges. He was not offended even when most of us think that he should have been. David understood that Saul was no villain. When David had the opportunity to kill Saul, he just cut off a part of his clothes…
1 Samuel 24:5 Immediately, he felt guilty.6 He said to his men, “God forbid that I should have done this to my master, God’s anointed, that I should so much as raise a finger against him. He’s God’s anointed!”7 David held his men in check with these words and wouldn’t let them pounce on Saul. Saul got up, left the cave, and went on down the road.
We are all God’s anointed. We are all in process. The world hates and holds grudges. Let’s be different. What would the body of Christ look like if we actually loved one another and forgave each other? That would look like heaven invading earth, wouldn’t it?